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Passenger Train, The


Published 1940
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Describes a journey from a large city to the country on a streamline train. Shows duties of many of the people who work in the station and on the train.


Run time 0:11:13
Production Company ERPI
Audio/Visual sound, B&W

Reviews

Reviewer: JayKay49 - - January 29, 2012
Subject: Bygone Era
What a classy way to travel. Shows the various parts of a train station, passenger train and many interesting views of the countryside from a train. One wonders however how many hours the engineer drives that thing without a break or a rest. I presume he's union.

The edited end segment throws you for a loop. Where did Bobby come from and how the heck did we get into ranch country all of a sudden? Enjoyable film though.
Reviewer: Colin Howell - - July 22, 2010
Subject: Nice visual historical record, marred by a clumsy edit
Despite the strictly-for-children narration, and the horrid cut at 10:10 to footage from a completely different Encyclopedia Britannica film (about a rail trip on the Santa Fe), this still provides a nice look at high-class train travel in 1940 on one of the premiere long-distance streamliner trains of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O). The train might be the Capital Limited, between New York, Washington, and Chicago, or the National Limited, between New York, Washington, and St. Louis.

Although the narration track can't be replaced without losing the original sound, if someone could write a good set of annotations to point out noteworthy features, it might become quite an interesting look at a vanished era of U.S. rail travel.

There are several nice shots of the B&O locomotives, both externally and internally. These particular locomotives had only been introduced a couple of years before and were among the earliest diesel passenger locomotives built by the Electro-Motive Corporation. This company became the dominant US diesel locomotive maker for several decades, and its products were critical in replacing steam locomotives in this country.

One of these early B&O streamlined diesels has been preserved in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore. Unfortunately, it is only a static exhibit and is not in running condition.
Reviewer: EnglishCaddy - - August 20, 2008
Subject: Bobby?
Where did Bobby come from? Did I miss something or is this two films spliced together?

Quite interesting though, the romantic era of trains!
Reviewer: treustnowan - - August 20, 2008
Subject: I love this
I was looking for pictures for my music. I've got an instrumental called "Wagons", and my search on archive.org ended here.
You can see and hear it here

http://www.archive.org/details/Wagons_Video

Thank you for uploading these videos!
Reviewer: ERD - - December 10, 2005
Subject: Good film for children
Made in 1940, this was a good film for children.
At that time, traveling by train was an exciting
experience.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - January 29, 2004
Subject: This is a tunnel!
'Passenger Train' is the type of film that just drives me nuts as it's an oversimplified film that school children will enjoy (The Menu is a board where food items are listed!) and I couldnt help but enjoy as well. Unlike other train movies on here, the film totally glamourizes the experience of train travel and just gets down to kiddie basics. What's somewhat disconcerting, is the fact the engineer is said to just remain on the job, without a break or food apparently, for the duration of the trip! If you pay attention, you will notice an edit towards the end of the film which is another EB train film.. the narrator's voice is different, and we all of a sudden hear about the finish of the train trip of young 'Bob' (Off to the ranch for a new adventure of cowboys and horses!). Nice try guys lol. Hightly reccomended!
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